Q: What is CMV and could it harm my unborn baby? A: Caroline Star, chair of the CMV Action charity (cmvaction.org.uk), says: "CMV (cytomegalovirus) is a common virus that can infect people of all age[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: What is CMV and how dangerous is it for children and unborn babies?
You may not have heard of CMV - but this common virus can result in miscarriage and serious health consequences for children. A mother from Hampshire recently called for greater awareness about the dangers of the virus CMV, after she contracted the infection while pregnant and her daughter was born profoundly deaf and autistic. Christine Wheatley, who is also a GP, wants better preventative advice of congenital CMV following her daughter's infection. Christine's 11-year-old daughter, Ellie, is deaf as a result of congenital CMV and has cochlear implants. A report by the charity CMV Action revealed CMV costs the UK £750 million a year. It claims the UK is 'lagging behind' other countries where preventative advice is routinely given to pregnant women. Congenital CMV affects more babies every year than Down's syndrome, toxoplasmosis and listeriosis but most people have never heard of it. What is CMV? CMV (cytomegalovirus) is a common virus that can infect people of all ages. Most … [Read more...] about What is CMV and could it harm my unborn baby?
Viewers of real life medical drama Hospital on BBC Two were moved to tears by the story of brave breast cancer survivor Kate. Pregnant Kate, a patient at Liverpool Women's Hospital, was dealt a heartbreaking dilema in Thursday night's episode. After being told her cancer had returned after ten years, Kate was forced to decide between aborting her unborn baby or risking her own life by delaying treatment. Kate had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20s and underwent a double mastectomy. She and husband Glen then had a five year wait to start a family while Kate completed aggressive treatment that was hoped would rid her of cancer for good. Kate and Glen were then delighted to finally welcome a daughter, but during her second pregnancy Kate was told the cancer to her bones and was now incurable. During last night's instalment of the Hospital, Kate bravely opted to delay having aggressive treatment that would have harmed her baby - putting her own life at risk. Viewers saw the … [Read more...] about Mum left to choose between her own life and unborn baby’s after cancer diagnosis
A HEARTBROKEN mum has spoken of the devasting moment she found out that her unborn child would have the same fatal condition as her first baby passed away from. Rachael Casella, 34, lost her first baby last year at just seven-months-old. At just ten weeks, Mackenzie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 - a terminal neuromuscular disorder. Then the policewoman, from Syndey, found out that she was pregnant again just before Christmas - only to be told that her unborn baby would have the same fatal condition and that the pregnancy would have to be "medically interrupted". Speaking about her heartbreaking experience, Rachel said: "I don't understand this world. "All I want to do is go to bed and not wake up until the world treats us fairly. "Until I am pregnant with a baby I can keep. I am so sick of sharing pain, I want to share happiness and love." Rachel knew that there was a 75 chance that she and her husband Jonny would have a healthy baby. It was just devastatingly … [Read more...] about Mum heartbroken as unborn baby is diagnosed with SAME deadly condition that killed her first baby at 7 months
A DAD-TO-BE stands accused of forcing his heavily pregnant girlfriend to miscarry by stamping on her stomach. Michigan resident Kahlil Arron-Shabzz Ellison, 22, has been charged over the death of his unborn baby after allegedly dragging his partner off a bed and kicking her. ABC 7 reported Oakland County Sheriff's Office saying Ellison’s 19-year-old victim told them how he kicked her in the stomach when she was six months pregnant. The shocking act is alleged to have occurred on January 19, in Pontiac. Deputies responded to an emergency call and found the victim experiencing severe pains. Ellison reportedly fled the residence before police arrived. Physician inspected the young woman, and discovered the unborn child was dead. The victim told police that she and her boyfriend were arguing and that she had refused to give him her cell phone. She claims he pulled her by her feet off the bed and onto the floor, and then stamped on her stomach. ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT Brits braced for … [Read more...] about Unborn baby dies after ‘dad-to-be kicks heavily pregnant girlfriend in the stomach’